2015 Annual Conference

Continuing legal education seminar, annual membership meeting, board meeting, and social events.
When Jun 11, 2015 12:30 PM to
Jun 13, 2015 11:00 PM
Where Campbell's Resort on Lake Chelan
Contact Name
Contact Phone 206-623-1302
Attendees Attendance at WACDL seminars is limited to WACDL members and those eligible for WACDL membership. Lawyers, law students, and non-lawyers are eligible for WACDL membership if they are not now engaged full or part-time in the prosecution or law enforcement investigation of criminal cases, and if they are not engaged in a full-time judicial function.
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Register for the Conference

Registration will be available in March of 2015

Featured Speaker

ChildressKelli M. Childress, Kane County Public Defender (St. Charles, Illinois), has focused her career on criminal litigation.  She was formerly the deputy chief of the Lake County Public Defender’s Office,first assistant of the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, a private practitioner, and an assistant state’s attorney in Kane County.

She is secretary of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Human Rights Section Council and past chair of the Criminal Justice Section Council.  She is on the board of directors of the Illinois Public Defender Association, a member of the State of Illinois Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependency, and a member of the Kane County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee.  Kelli is also active in other bar associations and community organizations, and is a frequent speaker at various programs throughout the midwest.

Kelli received her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in January, 1996.  She received a B.A. from Loyola University in May, 1993, where she majored in political science and communication.  She was also a member of the Loyola Division I women’s volleyball team.

Continuing Legal Education

The program details will be available in March of 2015.  The Thursday afternoon preconference CLE will focus on ethics.  The conference CLE, on Friday and Saturday mornings, will focus on trial skills.

Location & Lodging

Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan provides upscale accommodations, two restaurants, a day spa and an array of onsite amenities.  Each lodging room comes with Campbell’s Resort’s signature feature: rooms are right on the water, with stunning views of Lake Chelan from a private balcony or deck. The resort has a sandy beach, two swimming pools, two hot tubs, and boat moorage. Their fitness center is equipped with treadmills, a recumbent bike, weight machines, and free weights. You can get a massage, manicure, pedicure, and more from the massage therapists and estheticians at the River Room Spa.

Campbell’s is holding a block of rooms for us at special rates starting at $144. Please make your lodging reservations directly with Campbell’s by calling them at 1-800-553-8225 (or 509-682-2561); let them know that you are attending the WACDL conference. Note that Campbell’s may release our rooms after May 10; they do expect to be sold out for our weekend, so make your reservations early.


Due to the generosity of members, WACDL is able to offer a limited number of scholarships, each worth $150, to WACDL members who are either full-time public defenders or who were admitted to the Bar in the past five years; preference will be given to those attending the WACDL conference for the first time. To apply, send an email — by May 1 — to info@wacdl.org with your name, the date you were admitted to the Bar, and the name of your law firm/public defender office.  If we receive more applications than the scholarship funds will cover, WACDL will select recipients with the goal of spreading recipients out among public defender offices, law firms, and parts of the state — and between public defenders and newer lawyers. Note: scholarships cannot be combined with the first-time attendee discount.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Advertising opportunities will be available at this year's annual conference. For more information about the options below, please send an email to Fred Rice.

Break sponsorship ($150)

There are four breaks during the conference that we are making available for sponsorship. We will place a foam core poster that reads “Break sponsored by” followed by your company name and logo, adjacent to the break table. We will also include a sponsor slide in our PowerPoint announcements that will screen in the seminar room during the break.

Conference folder flyer ($150)

We will include a black and white single-sided flyer (designed by you) on color paper in the folders distributed to all of the conference participants. We would be happy to include more elaborate copies (e.g. in color or double-sided) if you provide them to us.

A break sponsorship + conference folder flyer ($250)

We will offer a $50 discount if you are interested in buying a flyer as well as a break sponsorship.

Finally, with any of the above options, we will add a set of conference attendee mailing labels for $20. We anticipate that there will be 90 to 120 criminal defense lawyers and associates in attendance this year. Due to space restrictions, we cannot offer any exhibitor tables or booths.

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